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Volvo XC60 side view. Pic: Simon Rockman

Fatal driverless crash: Radar-maker says Uber disabled safety systems

Uber reportedly disabled safety systems on the autonomous Volvo XC90 that killed a pedestrian Stateside last week, according to the makers of the car's sensors. "We don't want people to be confused or think it was a failure of the technology that we supply for Volvo, because that's not the case," Zach Peterson, a spokesman for …
Gareth Corfield, 27 Mar 2018

Blunder down under: self-driving Aussie cars still being thwarted by kangaroos

Kangaroos continue to the bane of self-driving cars in Australia, as automakers say they still can't figure out how to accurately detect the presence of the pouched marsupials. Swedish car builder Volvo told the ABC that the large animal detection software it uses for its auto-pilot system is unable to accurately gauge the …
Shaun Nichols, 27 Jun 2017
Volvo XC60 side view. Pic: Simon Rockman

Volvo is letting Android 'take over underlying car software' – report

Volvos of the future will include an in-car entertainment system built on Android, the stolid Swedish automaker announced earlier today. The new in-car infotainment system will allow users to install apps from the Android App Store, Volvo said, which it hopes will let the driving denizens access “connected and predictive …
Gareth Corfield, 15 May 2017
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Uber and Volvo take on Ford in race to launch self-driving vehicles

Volvo and Uber are taking on Ford to usher in the next decade with a fleet of self-driving vehicles. The VC-funded ride-sharing service has bought Silicon Valley self-driving vehicle technology start up Ottomotto LLC. Financial terms were not disclosed. Under the deal, Otto’s co-founder Anthony Levandowski will head Uber’s …
Gavin Clarke, 19 Aug 2016
Big wheels, big performance

Software, not wetware, now the cause of lousy Volvo drivers

Volvo has issued a recall for cars that have buggy software. The code flaw means that engines in about 59,000 2016-model series 60 and 70 cars sometimes stop, for no apparent reason. The engines then restart. Volvo's not said anything about the circumstances that trigger the stop-start problem, so we don't know if it can …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Feb 2016

Volvo offloads IT biz to HCL, then outsources own IT to.... HCL

Swedish battering ram truck maker Volvo has offloaded its external IT business to HCL Technologies for around SEK 900m and signed a deal with the Indian outsourcing monster to overhaul its apps and plumbing. The deal, first outlined in a letter of intent written by the companies in October, will see roughly 2,500 techies …
Paul Kunert, 16 Feb 2016

Volvo eyes kangaroo detection tech

Swedish motor manufacturer Volvo is developing "kangaroo detection" tech aimed at reducing the number of collisions between metal and marsupial. The company reckons there are "20,000 kangaroo strikes on Australian roads each year costing over AU $75 million in insurance claims". It already has the "City Safety" system, which …
Lester Haines, 30 Oct 2015
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Volvo to 'accept full liability' for crashes with its driverless cars

Volvo will "accept full liability" for collisions involving its autonomous vehicles, the company has confirmed. The announcement was made by Volvo's president and chief executive Håkan Samuelsson during a speech in Washington on Thursday. Ben Gardner, expert in autonomous vehicles technology and regulation at Pinsent Masons, …
OUT-LAW.COM, 13 Oct 2015
The Volvo S60 is a mile muncher

No boxy Volvo: Chilling in the S60 D3 Manual R-Design Lux Nav

Vulture at the Wheel Volvo has always been the marque you bought if you didn’t want to buy German. That didn’t change when Ford bought the brand and hasn’t now that it’s owned by the Chinese company Geely. This little number is a rival to a BMW 3 series or Mercedes C Class. Volvo puts as much emphasis on the trim level as on the engines and this …
Simon Rockman, 6 Sep 2015
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Australia to run first robo-car trials in sleepy Adelaide

+comment Australia's first trial of driverless cars will take place this November. The Australian Road Research Board (ARRB) and the South Australian government announced the tests today. Volvo's providing the cars, the XC90 to be precise, Bosch is tossing in its automated driving technologies and Telstra (Australia's dominant telco) …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Jul 2015
Woman rides a Ford modePro electric bike

Ford to save you from BIKE FITNESS HORROR

MWC 2015 Ford is looking at electric bicycles as part of an intelligent, integrated future for mobility. The company told El Reg that it had to look at mobility in the round, be it public transport, shared cars, walking or cycling, and not just focus on traditional driving. Ford is not the first car company to look at building …
Simon Rockman, 4 Mar 2015
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Chunky Swedish ice maiden: Volvo XC60 D4 Manual EE Lux Nav

Vulture at the Wheel Why did the nice man from Volvo find me peering at the dashboard with a torch when he came to collect the XC60 I was testing? It was because I was looking very hard at the lights, which show when the left and right turn indicators are flashing. The dashboard is a collection of LCD screens, and I was trying to decide if …
Simon Rockman, 24 Jan 2015
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Careful - your helmet might get squashed by a Volvo

Volvos will soon be capable of squawking their presence to cyclists wearing a helmet made by the cycling brand POC, letting the Lycra louts get out of the way of the four-wheeled Scandinavian middle lane hoggers. The idea behind the new technology from Ericsson is that both the car and the bicycle can determine when their …
Simon Rockman, 22 Dec 2014
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Volvo tries to KILL SHOPPING with to-your-car Roam Delivery

There are few sadder sights than a desperate-looking shopping hostage waiting outside a changing room while their partner tries on a prospective purchase. But this sorry vista could soon become a thing of the past if Scandinavian car manufacturer Volvo has its way. It is set to show off a new service called “Roam Delivery” at …
Jasper Hamill, 24 Feb 2014
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Volvo: Need a new car battery? Replace the doors and roof

Volvo reckons it has a better place to locate an e-car’s power storage: in the vehicle’s body panels. The technique throws out traditional lithium-based batteries in favour of a carbon fibre and polymer resin sandwich. What Volvo, boffins from Imperial College and researchers from seven battery and materials companies together …
Tony Smith, 21 Oct 2013
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Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid: Eco, economy and diesel power

Review Volvo’s new V60 Plug-in Hybrid is the second vehicle of its type to go on sale in Blighty after the Toyota Prius Plug-in, which we drove and reviewed last year. The Volvo, however, has the potential to be of more interest to prospective e-car owners. Why? It can drive further and faster using just electricity than the Toyota, …
Alun Taylor, 16 Aug 2013
Volvo/Ricardo Project Sartre public test

Self-driving Volvos cover 200km of busy Spanish motorway

Three cars have successfully driven themselves by automatically following a lorry for 125 miles on a public motorway in the presence of other, normal road users. The real-world trial, conducted in Spain by Volvo and car automation specialist Ricardo, put technology created for Project Sartre (Safe Road Trains for the …
Tony Smith, 28 May 2012
Volvo V40 pedestrian airbag

Volvo claims V40 is first car with an airbag for pedestrians

Volvo has devised an automobile airbag for pedestrians. The car company is building the new tech into its V40. Sensors detect the impact, and a control unit works out whether the signals they're sending indicate that the car has collided with a person. Volvo V40 pedestrian airbag If it thinks that's the case, it deploys the …
Hard Reg, 23 May 2012

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